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Thu, October 21, 2021


Hydrogen promises to be the energy carrier of the future. The element is abundant, and its use is clean, sustainable and energy-efficient. Canada and Europe aim to be leaders in hydrogen technology. Environmentally friendly hydrogen plays a central role in the goal of both regions to achieve climate neutrality. In Germany, two hydrogen initiatives have been brought to light, both intending  to increase the use of hydrogen energy. Find more details about the projects below. In Alberta, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region wants to become world leader in hydrogen. Learn more about the Hydrogen sector in Edmonton in an interview with Edmonton Global's Director of the Hydrogen Initiative Brent Lakeman.

Two Hydrogen Initiatives 

H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co KG is establishing a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. It is building a mobile future of rapid refueling, long ranges, clean and quiet mobility. The goal is to operate 100 hydrogen stations in seven German metropolitan areas.
The success story of Europe unified by peace started with the the European Community for Coal and Steel. The engineering office HERE builds on this success story. Together with the company s-H2 - Sustainable Hydrogen GmbH they contribute to the success of the European energy transition through the operation of lighthouse projects.

Interview with Brent Lakeman, Director, Hydrogen Initiative at Edmonton Global

1. What is Edmonton Global’s Hydrogen Initiative about and what is your plan for Edmonton? 
The purpose of Edmonton Global is to radically transform and grow the economy of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Hydrogen represents a unique and transformative opportunity to leverage our region’s existing natural resource assets, infrastructure and talent to position the Edmonton Region as the launch point for North America's hydrogen economy. We are a founding partner in the Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub, Canada's first and largest hydrogen hub, which brings together all orders government, Indigenous communities, industry, academia and other non-governmental organizations to build a vision for our region's hydrogen economy and to activate a strategy to achieve that vision.
Our region is home to some of the largest low carbon hydrogen projects in the world, building off our track record in the scale-up of safe and secure CO2 capture and storage systems. Combined with our low-cost natural gas feedstock, we are one of the world’s lowest cost producers of low carbon hydrogen; and our region will soon be the home of net-zero hydrogen production. But its not just about producing this critical energy supply; it is about accelerating its use across our economy.  The Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub has planned the build-out of critical infrastructure needed to make our industrial sectors, including long-haul trucking and municipal bus fleets early hydrogen users.  With this vision of future hydrogen use, there is an opportunity to attract investment to our region and to position our companies as global leaders in the energy transition.

2. What role can the hydrogen initiative play in transitioning to a new energy economy? 
Hydrogen represents a tremendous opportunity for our region. Responding to the climate crisis requires an “all hands on deck” approach, we know that hydrogen will play an important role in certain sectors that are difficult to electrify, and it is important that we move quickly to scale hydrogen technologies for growing global demand. The Edmonton Region, which includes Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, is the centre of Canada’s hydrogen production and we have developed the talent, infrastructure and technologies to support this key part of our energy economy. As new sectors begin to adopt hydrogen strategies as part of their decarbonization goals, we have a unique opportunity to lever our existing expertise in areas like hydrogen production, pipeline infrastructure and CO2 capture, utilization and storage to create new energy systems that will be part of our net-zero economy of the future.  
With access to a low-cost hydrogen supply and some of the newest and most innovative production facilities, we have an opportunity to be the launch-pad for new companies, services and applications that require access to these hydrogen supplies. For example, the Edmonton International Airport has made a commitment to be one of the world’s first net-zero airports by 2050 and hydrogen will play an important role.  The region can demonstrate to the rest of the world the technologies and approaches that will be needed to decarbonize airports and the aviation sector.
3. How does cooperation with Europe fit in your project? 
Cooperation with all parts of the world, and Europe in particular, is essential. We know that European jurisdictions have been leaders in the use of hydrogen across a variety of sectors. Our region has a lot to learn in areas like hydrogen for mobility and other industrial applications. Similarly, companies from our region have expertise in areas like pipeline technologies that will be important for Europe as it builds out its own hydrogen transportation infrastructure. Our post secondary institutions have a strong track record of working with their European partners on technology development and commercialization and this represents a great starting point for further cooperation and collaboration. 
The Canadian Hydrogen Strategy recognizes the importance of international partnerships and it has been encouraging to see some of the early steps to connect Canadian companies and innovators with partners in Europe and elsewhere. Edmonton Global will work with partner organizations from across the globe to connect our experts in areas where we can make the greatest difference.  
We are also working to bring our global partners to Edmonton. Edmonton Global will be co-hosting the inaugural Canadian Hydrogen Convention, from April 26-28 2022. This event will provide the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that the Edmonton Region is the epicentre of the clean hydrogen economy and the place where companies can connect, collaborate and build partnerships to support their plans to commercialize technologies for the production, transport and use of hydrogen. 
4.       Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Its only been a little over half a hear since the Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub was launched, but we have seen an unprecedented level of interest in our region from partners from around the world.  Edmonton Global will be working to convert this interest into tangible economic benefits for our region.  
Other industries are looking to the Edmonton Region to provide solutions to de-carbonize some of the highest carbon emitting industries. Just last week Dow announced ($10 billion) they plan to create the world’s first net-zero facility for ethylene and polyethylene. Global manufacturers, like Dow, recognize the imperative to reduce their emissions and the role our region’s existing infrastructure and policy framework can play. In this one investment, Dow is shrinking it’s global emissions by 30%. Every global company, especially those in manufacturing, should be looking at the Edmonton region as a strategic investment to help meet carbon neutrality by 2050. This is the time to invest.

Highlight - Hydrogen EEN Partnership Opportunities

Here we would like to highlight some of the partnership opportunities currently available via the Enterprise Europe Network. If you are interested in an opportunity and wish to express your interest in working together with a European client you can either follow the links to the profile by clicking on the highlighted text and creating a client profile in the EEN database (profiles will be vetted and approved by GCCIR) or contact the GCCIR team for more information and to express interest on your behalf. You can search the entire Partnership Opportunities Database for all currently available partnering opportunities anytime.
Technology offer from France: Off-grid autonomous and versatile station based on renewable energies for green mobility to recharge bicycles/motorcycles/cars or for use as power generator during ephemere events
Estonian company is looking for Industry as well as R&D partners: Aerial data collection and hydrogen conversion services for joint ventures, outsourcing and subcontracting cooperation
Technology Offer from Germany: Heat, Power and e-Mobility is managed by one integrated energy management solution
Technology Offer from Greece: Hydrogen production systems from both renewable and conventional sources

Current Calls

Call for Green Hydrogen Projects
Deadline: Nov 5, 2021 

Collaborative international R&D and innovation projects submitted under this call for projects should aim to address solutions for transporting hydrogen and related topics, contributing to the pilot action on green hydrogen in the new European Research Area (ERA). Organisations from countries participating in this call can submit joint project applications.

Eurostars joint transnational call for proposals
Sept 2, 2021 - Nov 4, 2021

Eurostars is a funding instrument that supports innovative SMEs and project partners (large companies, universities, research organisations and other types of organisations) by funding international collaborative R&D and innovation projects. By participating, organisations from 37 countries can access public funding for international collaborative R&D projects in all fields.


Deadline for submissions: Oct 22, 2021.
If you are an Alberta start up, small or medium sized company working on innovative geospatial technology products, you may qualify for a non-dilutive, 0% interest loan, repayable only after your product generates revenue.
CELTIC-NEXT call for projects
Aug 9, 2021 - Nov 22, 2021

This is a perfect opportunity for projects in the field of next generation communications for the digital society that contribute to a sustainable world. We invite you to participate, engage and explore ground breaking opportunities together with the CELTIC-NEXT Cluster.

ITEA 4 call for projects
Sept 13, 2021 - Nov 16, 2021 

ITEA 4 has opened a call for organisations collaborating internationally on the R&D of software innovation and digital transformation projects. By applying and participating, your organisation can access national public funding for your R&D project. You can submit your R&D project application by visiting ITEA 4’s website.

EUREKA - Open call for Network projects applications
Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025

Access national funding for your international collaborative R&D projects using EUREKA's simple flexible programme. For more information about the programme and national funding information, eligibility criteria and additional application steps, visit this page.
Xecs call for projects
Sept 28, 2021 - May 27, 2022

Xecs will open a call for projects on 28 September 2021 at the Xecs Launch Event. Xecs is a programme for the Electronic Components and Systems community, designed to help you build your R&D and innovation consortium, access funding and manage your collaborative projects with exploitation and growth opportunities for all the partners involved.

Enterprise Europe Network Events

EUCCAN Panel Discussion: Construction and Sustainability
Oct 28, 2021
During this panel discussion, speakers will give perspective on the construction landscape in EU, and how it is similar to or different from Canada. They will also give examples of driving sustainable actions in the construction industry and the impact made. Finally, they will discuss how EU and Canadian companies can accelerate innovation and push sustainability in the construction sector to support Canada’s net zero emissions agenda.

CETA Workshop: How EU Agri-food companies can successfully benefit from CETA's full potential

Nov 10, 2021
The workshop is intended to help EU companies to maximize the benefits of CETA and exploit the untapped potential represented by the Canadian agri-food market, while learning to comply with its rules and regulations.

Fostering Hydrogen Connections at H2World
10-12 November, 2021
Participate in targeted 1:1 meetings and meet leading hydrogen experts from Korea and around the globe. Share knowledge, initiate new business and find collaboration partners.
Smart City 2021
Hybrid cross-platform Brokerage Event - Nov 16 - 18, 2021

Smart City Expo World Congress comes back to Barcelona.

  • Enabling Technologies
  • Energy & Environment
  • Tomorrow.Mobility
  • Governance & Economy
  • Living & Inclusion
  • Infrastructures & Buildings
  • Safety & Security

Other Events & Opportunities

Understanding the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s hydrogen opportunity
October 28, 2021
This webinar will provide an overview of the economic opportunity associated with the region’s transition towards hydrogen energy and the ongoing work that is being done to build a strong hydrogen economy that will benefit the entire region.

Apris Global Group Cybersecurity And Technology Conference
Nov 3-4, 2021

  • General Director of European Union Cyber Security, Mr. Dan Cimpe
  • New trends in IT opportunities in different countries

IraSME & CORNET Partnering Event
Nov 24 - Dec 16, 2021
Innovation without borders! Through this virtual brokerage event, the CORNET and IraSME coordination teams invite you to meet online with companies & researchers from various countries and scientific backgrounds in order to prepare for joint R&D projects

Horizon Europe Canada Launch
October 28, 2021
EURAXESS North America has partnered with the Delegation of the European Union to Canada to promote the EU's new framework program for research and innovation, Horizon Europe.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Global (EC program)
Are you an experienced entrepreneur? If so, you will know that new visions, knowledge of international markets, multicultural essence are key to expanding your business globally. EYEGlobal gives you the opportunity to host a aspiring European entrepreneur and, through a win-win collaboration, grow together. 

German-Canadian Herzberg Network
Celebrating the 50 years anniversary of #Canada & #Germany's scientific partnership, the German Embassy is extending its commitment to furthering innovation through the Herzberg Network. Join the network on LinkedIn at the following Group Link.

October 2021 – EUCCAN Sustainability month

Construction and sustainability panel discussion - Oct 28, 2021
As government and consumer expectations rise for sustainable construction, how European and Canadian industry join forces to meet the new challenges?

Funding to pursue international R&D opportunities
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is now accepting applications for their CanExport Innovation program that provides funding to cover up to 75% of eligible costs to pursue collaborative research and development (R&D) agreements for a single technology with international partners and investors.

Albertaner Newspaper

German-Canadian Newspaper for the Province of Alberta
The October issue of the Albertaner is online. Read the entire issue on the Albertaner's website or visit them on Facebook.

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